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Fun Fall Activities in New England and New York

From hayrides to apple picking, enjoy these seasonal activities found across New England and New York.

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We can’t stop talking about autumn, and it’s easy to see why. Locations across New England and New York celebrate the season with a wide array of fall activities.

Picking fresh apples and pumpkins, getting lost in a corn maze, hoping on a hayride, visiting a harvest festival, tasting apple cider and doughnuts right from the cider mill and, of course, leaf-peeping are all staples only available during this time of year.

Connecticut Fall Activities

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

You’ll find apples, pumpkins and raspberries at Bishop’s Orchards, a family-owned farm in Guilford. The 275-year-old Lyman Orchards in Middlefield offers both apples and pumpkins, too. In Easton, Silverman’s Farm is blooming with apples, including favorites like Macoun, McIintosh and red and golden delicious.

Corn Maze

Until Nov. 3, you can explore this year’s dinosaur-themed corn maze at The Farm in Woodbury. This interactive maze is fun for the whole family, with learning opportunities, games and a kids’ maze built right in. You can also take a tour of the farm via hayride and pick a pumpkin.

Festival

From Oct. 18-20, you can attend the Glastonbury Apple Harvest and Music Festival. This event features live performances from nearly 30 local and touring artists, amusement rides, craft vendors, food trucks, a Harvest Pub and the Angry Orchard 5K Road Race on the last day of the fest.

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Maine Fall Activities

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

If you’re looking for organic pick-your-own apples, Apple Acres Farm in Hiram is the spot for you. At Lakeside Orchards in Manchester, you can pick apples or enjoy any of their homemade breads, cider doughnuts, fruit pies and turnovers made daily. For a list of additional orchards in Maine, head here.

Corn Maze

You won’t only finds pumpkins as Pumpkin Valley Farm in Dayton. Travel through this year’s 6-acre sunflower-themed corn maze. There’s also a touch-a-tractor day on Oct. 19.

Festival and Feast

The 35th annual Harvestfest and Kidsfest will be held Oct. 19 in York Beach. At this fest, you’ll find local food vendors offering sweet and savory foods, live music, over 100 juried crafters and old-fashioned market vendor booths and kids’ activities.

From Oct. 16-21, you can attend Portland’s Harvest on the Harbor event, which has celebrated local chefs since 2007. This year’s feast includes a chef and farmer harvest dinner, bloody mary brunch, an Oysterfest and much more.

Massachusetts Fall Activities

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

Massachusetts is home to a plethora of farms and orchards offering these favorite fall activities. For apples, there’s Autumn Hills Orchard in Groton, Carver Hill Orchard in Stow, Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton and Riiska Brook Orchard in Sandisfield.

If you want a one-stop-spot where you can pick up both apples and a pumpkins, look no further than Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, Shelburne Farm in Stow, Tougas Family Farm in Northborough or Clearview Farm in Sterling.

Your can take a free hayride to the pumpkin patch at Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock. You’ll also find sweet treats like apple cider doughnuts, pumpkin whoopie pies and maple syrup for sale.

Corn Mazes

This 8-acre corn maze is one of the most buzzed-about fall activities in New England and is sure to impress. Mike’s Maze in Sunderland, Mass., is a self-proclaimed thematic immersive experience for all ages. Additionally, you’ll find a corn cafe with farm fresh food as well as special beer- and cider-tasting events on Oct. 11, 18 and 25.

The 7-acre corn maze at Connors Farm in Danvers, Mass., has its own attractions. These include a hayride around the farm, a farm stand with hardy mums and fresh apple cider as well as pick-your-own apples and pumpkins.

New Hampshire Fall Activities

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

You’ll find plenty of apples at Alyson’s Apple Orchard in Walpole, N.H., which is home to 50 varies of the seasonal fruit. There’s also DeMeritt Hill Farm in Lee and Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook. You’ll find both apples and pumpkins at Riverview Farm in Plainfield, Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis and Mack’s Apples in Londonderry. For a statewide guide of pick-your-own farms, see here.

Festivals

Celebrate the gourd of the season on Oct. 18 and 19 at the 29th Annual Pumpkin Festival in Laconia, N.H. This fest features a 34-foot tower of jack-o’-lanterns, pumpkin carving, amusement rides, a zombie walk and more.

New York Fall Activities

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

New York also hosts a multitude of hotspots for apples orchards and pumpkin patches.

You’ll find apples at the 75-year-old Apple Hill Farm in New Paltz. Or pick apples and pumpkins at  Masker Orchards in Warwick, Prospect Hill Orchards in Milton, Wilklow Orchards in Highland, Jenkins-Lueken Orchards in New Paltz and Greig Farm, a Hudson Valley farm and market.

At the Weed Orchards & Winery in Marlboro you’ll find a bakery, corn maze, afternoon hayrides as well as apples and pumpkins ripe for the picking. For a list of places perfect for pumpkin picking on Long Island, see here.

Festivals

On weekends through Oct. 20, you can stop at the Peek’n Peak Fall Festival in Clymer. This craft show features over 130 vendors and a farmers market. There will also be live entertainment, a classic car cruise-in, petting zoo, pumpkin cannon, ski lift rides and more.

On Oct. 26-27, you can feel the magic at the Wizarding Weekend in Ithaca. Fans of fantasy and Harry Potter will enjoy the fan art show, costume contest as well as a Mystic Arts Ball afterparty.

Rhode Island Fall Activities

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins at the Barden Family Orchard in Scituate. At Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, stop in at the farm cafe and market for a treat after you’re done harvesting. For a list of Rhode Island orchards and farms fit for apple and/or pumpkin picking, see here.

Corn Maze

At Salisbury Farm in Johnston, you can choose from pre-picked or pick-your-own pumpkins, take a hayride farm tour and get lost in a 5-acre corn maze by day. On Oct.12, 19 and 26, you can also take a walk through the Moonlight Maze from 7 to 9 p.m.

Event

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence is certainly a sight to behold as you make your way through a trail lined with 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins. Get $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular every Tuesday, Oct. 8-29, with a valid AAA card.

Vermont Fall Activities

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

At the 19-acre Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, you can pick through 110 varieties of apples and taste s few hard and iced ciders. Adams Apple Orchard in Williston also has apples as well as plenty of pure Vermont maple syrup. If you’re looking for pumpkins, go to Winslow Farms in Pittsford, where you can peruse the 5-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch. For a list of other Vermont orchards, click here.

Corn Mazes

At Sam Mazza Farms in Colchester, you can take a hayride to the pumpkin patch or travel through their 3-mile corn maze — find the 12 maze stations to fill a punch card and enter a drawing for a prize.

Cider Mill 

You’ll find fresh apple cider, cider doughnuts made from a 25-year-old recipe as well as Vermont cheese, maple syrup, honey and jams at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury. Purchase other treats at the bakery or try something more filling at the Apple Core Luncheonette.


AAA members can enjoy discounts on additional autumn activities and discover local fall events on the AAA online calendar.

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